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Eastern External Annexes - 东外部附件

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posted by Rocco Buttliere alias Rocco Buttliere on Friday 24th of July 2020 12:59:49 PM

Lying just east of the first square of the Outer Court, are the Eastern External Annexes. These expansive grounds are characterized by several modest compounds surrounded by a verdant landscape of trees and the meandering Golden Water River. The most notable of these compounds (pictured in the upper left corner) includes; the Hall of Literary Brilliance (文华殿) [located at the front of the quadrangle] which served as the residence of the heir apparent during the Ming Dynasty and later an imperial lecture hall; and the black-roof Belvedere of Literary Profundity (文渊阁) [located at the back of the quadrangle] which served as an imperial library and once housed a copy of the Siku Quanshu, the largest encyclopedia in Chinese history. Today, the halls of this compound exhibit various related works curated by the Palace Museum. In designing this particular section of the model, I took a far different approach than the design of the spacious Outer Court. Taking into account the break from bilateral symmetry of Chinese gardens, I essentially inverted the hierarchy of the order of design by first tackling the ribbon-like path of the Golden Water River. I wanted its flow to be as free from conventional LEGO forms as possible: so I began tracing the river’s outlines in Technic link treads, then filled in the enclosing grounds only after I was satisfied with the seamlessness of the river. In this way, the aim of the composition is to attract attention to the source of water; a priority which is the driving force behind the design of any Chinese garden.



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